It's true we've been back for about 6 months now....and we're loving it! Hope you're all enjoying a fun summer!
That's Tim up on the ladder replacing that hub above the door.
Turns out, it wasn't completely attached, so it's no wonder there's water damage to the door. Felt good to take care of this job for our neighbor and make sure the repair job was done right.
We get a LOT of calls to repair vinyl windows, so thought you'd like to see the repair demonstrated in action. The basic fix shown is of a window that's gone "out of balance".
The Quick Explanation
First we unclip the sides, with a screwdriver, or in this case, a bottle opener
Then remove the window in order to take out the sash balance
Remove the sash balance from one side, then the other
Reinstall the window
Re-clip the sides so the sash balances stay in place on each side
This isn't a hard job to do, but it can seem baffling to repair a vinyl window if you've never done it before. Be patient and careful, sometimes it takes more than one pass at this job.
We got to switch out some windows in a wellness clinic last week.
The clinic was looking to increase privacy audibly and visually too.
Your best bet for finding the right handy...person service for your list, home and family is to ask good questions and do a wee bit of research.
In a nutshell, ask...
You'll find the right resource and get those repairs & maintenance chores DONE~!
What if you spent a bit more time on Home Maintenance so you could have more budget for your Home Improvement projects?
Amy of AmyWorks shares a manageable list of 3 home maintenance chores that will help keep a few of your major appliances running smooth. See the 35 second video now.
There you have it: January home maintenance reminders!
And if you'd like us to take care of this list, plus any other "honey-do's" - please complete the Service Request Form and we'll be in touch with an estimate shortly.
Hi All -
We talk a fair bit about checking crawlspaces here at AmyWorks.
While that is important, it's also important to check the perimeter of your house's exterior...I have a couple of things you're going to want to check for ...especially before the rains come.
This little weed has no business growing just inside the crawlspace. A spray of salt & vinegar water mixture (or something stronger) will take care of this. But it looks like the hardware cloth needs to be replaced anyway....see how the vertical wood slat on the far left is pulling away from the house and creating an opening? Best to just re-do this little piece and get that weed outta there!
Speaking of openings...
This cable wire does need to have access to the outside, but the space just under the wire needs to be closed back up. Even though it's just about 1.5" - 2" long, it's still mouse sized. You don't want them livin' there.
So, replace the hardware cloth and better secure the exterior of your home. Especially before the rains come & the critters start looking for "their new home"...this is an easy minor-tool fix (a pair of metal shears & a good staple gun will usually do the trick) and will help to deter unwanted pests.
Our first team bike ride was a huge success in many ways - thanks largely to you!
How's your outside home project list looking for the upcoming summer? If you have a huge list, think about taking a little bit at a time and doing something every weekend. Or maybe getting in a few hours during the week while the kids are outside playing in the yard.
Maintenance tasks to consider are inspecting the crawlspace and attic for critters and unwanted moisture. Look for water marks on the roof that would be indicative of a leak. Or maybe areas in the insulation that looks like a nest which could mean a squirrel or rat has decided to live with you rent free.
In the crawlspace check for standing water and also critters like carpenter ants (photo above).
These little guys can do a lot of damage if gone unchecked so if you haven’t been in that crawlspace in quite awhile, grab your headlamp and coveralls and take a look.
Uh oh - let's take care of that!
Do you have a front loading/high efficiency washing machine and dryer? Has the washer begun to show signs of mold on the rubber boot that seals the door or maybe just have a weird smell coming from it?
Here’s the remedy:
Leave the door open when you are NOT using the machine. This allows the drum to dry out. If the door is closed it seals the door and the inside stay wet and is a great environment for the mold to begin. If you’ve noticed a few spots of growth beginning clean the inside surfaces with a cleaner like Simple Green.
Just a note about high efficiency duos:
We put one in our home late last summer. Our biggest surprise at the time was the reduction in water usage (cut about a third of our water consumption) from the washer, but recently I noticed that over the last six months we’ve had a similar reduction in electricity use. We’ve done nothing different other than get the new washer/dryer. Wow!